Doing this on my phone so it’s a little weird with the formatting options.
Dark humor, but with a flippant ridiculous side.
Because my novella is a satirical fairytale and is inspired by Good Omens, Monty Python, and Arrested Development. And I like writing things that make people laugh and hopefully think as well.
Biggest Struggle in first 2k:
This book has a bit of a cast of characters. In the first 2k the Queen struggles with the prospect of eternal virginity and summons The Dark Lord.
Biggest Struggle in rest of book:
Gerald struggles with a fate he never wanted.
Rose struggles to figure out who she really is outside of the expectations placed on her.
Arien struggles to not make an ass of himself.
Most definitely! I love the shorter requirements for this since I’ve been struggling to finish my first novel. This felt so much easier to get to. I think when it’s all edited I’ll be at around the 38k mark, but it was vastly easier than trying to get out a whole novel. I also love that I had zero expectations with this book except writing something that made me laugh along the way, and it’s turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Others have seemed to enjoy it too which is awesome.
Most Enjoyable aspect:
Thinking up ridiculous elements to throw in the footnotes.
Walking the line between completely ridiculous and still crafting a good and interesting story that pulls readers in and gets them invested in the characters.
“OY! You lot are supposed to be attacking with us,” yelled their leader, Misgov.
“Well, you see, I think there’s been a bit of a mixup,” said a large elf wielding a broadsword. “It’s against our morality clause for any union member to engage in violence.”
“What are you talking about Elias?” Demanded Misgov, “I’m not aware of any unionist morality clause, and you’re carrying a weapon. What did you think you were going to do here, answer customer service requests? You work for the Company and the Company says you fight.”
“Nope, nope, can’t do that, violence is against the union morality clause, and the Company gave me this sword. I was under the impression we were here to intimidate delinquent payers, not murder people.”
“Well the Company has been hired to do this job, which involves murdering people, like in the good-old days. As employees, you all have to perform the work the Company has engaged in or you’ll be fired,” Misgov argued.
“No, there’s a whole section about subsidiaries in the contract which explains this,” Elias said. “Any work which the Company engages in that is against union policy cannot be undertaken by union employees, and our jobs shall not be at risk. You’ll need to hire independent contractors to do this work. Unionists hate, but we don’t kill.”